Rangers star Ianis Hagi came agonisingly close to a stunning goal and was later subbed off in a frustrating defeat for Romania against Georgia on Wednesday.

Hagi has been in and out of the Romania team in recent times but was given the nod for this friendly in Ploiesti.

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Ianis Hagi in the thick of things for Romania against Georgia. (Photo by Vasile Mihai-Antonio/Getty Images)

The 22-year-old was deployed in a familiar right-sided attacking role and he almost scored a spectacular opener in the first half.

He whipped a brilliant free-kick from the edge of the area over the wall and with the opposition goalkeeper scrambling across, it crashed off the crossbar.

The ball stayed in play and Hagi got over his initial disappointment to set up a teammate with a brilliant pass, but the chance was missed from point-blank range.

 

The hosts were reduced to ten men shortly before the interval when Florin Tanase was shown a straight red card and they would go on to lose the game 2-1, despite Solomon Kvirkvelia being sent off for Georgia soon after they had taken the lead.

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Hagi was subbed off for Claudiu Keserü in the 77th minute.

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The Rangers star came agonisingly close to a second international goal in a 2-1 defeat. (Photo by Alex Nicodim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Romania have a second friendly against England on Sunday and Hagi will be hoping for a chance to make an impact at the Riverside Stadium.

The Gers star has made it clear that he also wants to represent his country at the Olympics later this summer, but although nothing has been confirmed as yet, it’s been reported that the club will stop him from participating in the Games [Glasgow Live].

In other news, Rangers have reportedly revived interest in a player who is said to have snubbed an Ibrox approach in 2020.

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